Human Body Factory: The Nuts and Bolts of Your Insides

Dan Green, Author, Edmond Davis, Illustrator
Dan Green, illus. by Edmond Davis. Kingfisher, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7534-6808-1
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Using an ingenious body-as-factory metaphor, Green and Davis offer a “wild roller-coaster tour of the cranking, sloshing, pumping parts that keep you alive and kicking!” A bustling crew of miniature pilots, scuba divers, scientists, and others are shown hard at work throughout the body, demonstrating how different systems or organs operate: jet ski riders represent the flow of oxygenated blood away from the heart, while railcars and conveyers truck food through the digestive tract. Dominated by the workers’ thoughts and commentary (“If we don’t get oxygen into the muscle fast, I’m afraid the boss will get a cramp”), it’s an enlightening yet unstuffy guide to the body that begs to be pored over. Includes a large foldout poster of a cutaway body. Ages 7–up. (July)
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